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How is our new addition ‘impacting on our learning?


Having a class pet has brought a new responsibility for the whole class but it has also brought an abundance of new learning opportunities!

In Science we are learning about living things, in particular the 7 life processes: movement, respiration, sensitivity, nutrition, excretion, reproduction and growth. We have worked in groups to research how a hamster shows these different life processes. We produced posters for our display and learnt lots of new interesting facts e.g. a Syrian hamster will grow to be approximately 15cm long.

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We have also thought about what is inside us and had a go at labelling the bones and organs of both a human being and a hamster. We were particularly interested to find that hamsters, like us, are mammals so we actually have a lot in common. For instance, we both have a body covered in fur or hair and we are both vertebrates.


In PSHCE we sometimes like to talk about things that are happening in the world around us at particular times in the year. Recently, the Hindu festival of ‘Holi’ has been celebrated in India and Nepal. This is a very colourful festival which celebrates the arrival of Spring. We had great fun designing colourful tiles to put together to create our very own ‘Holi’ hamster!

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We are excited to see how ‘Hammy’  will help us with our learning over the next few weeks and look forward to sharing our learning with you!


Key skills for 3rd February

Read every single day including your 3 reads out loud to an adult. Write your reading events in your yellow book.

Practise your spellings every day. This week’s spellings are below.

The spellings this week have been taken from the words we have worked on in our spelling groups:

Mrs Denby’s group Most children will try these Some children will try these as well:


























Practise your times tables target several times each day using the tables master. Remember to start by revisiting one of your old times tables just to check that you haven’t forgotten it.

If you would like to challenge yourself still further, have a go at the ‘Play to 37’ challenge.

Key skills for Friday 13th January, 2017

This week for key skills, as for every week this half term, we would like you to do the following:

Read every single day. Remember that our school expectation is that children will read every day at home.  Three of these daily reading events per week should be reading aloud and to an adult. Don’t forget to record every single one of your reading events in your yellow reading record book.

Practise your spellings every day.  This week’s spellings have been taken from the year 3 and 4 spelling list.  Don’t forget to revisit your old spellings too.  We would recommend that you learn a new spelling today, tomorrow learn another new spelling and practise today’s spelling too.  On Sunday, learn a third new spelling and practise the two you have learnt already.

This week’s spellings are below.

  • All of you will try these: believe, busy, bicycle, difficult, eight
  • Most will do these as well:   breathe, continue, complete, although, disappear
  • Some might like these too:  accident, actually, calendar, business, experience

Practise your times tables several times each day using tables master.  Record your progress on the sheet and remember that we are aiming for a time of 40 seconds for those 20 questions.

For those of you who would like an extra challenge… why not have a go at the 24 hour clock jigsaw.  if you haven’t picked one up yet, ask me for one next week.

Who was Shakespeare?

After Christmas, we have a whole school topic based around a famous play called ‘The Tempest’. This play was one of many written by William Shakespeare. Shakespeare lived about 500 years ago but I am not going to tell you anything more about him. Part of your Christmas key skills is to find out about William Shakespeare- who he was, where he lived, which people made up his family, what life was like for William, his friends and his countrymen. Can you find any facts about this famous man that nobody else in our class has found?

You can present your work in any way you choose: a power point, a sway, a poster, a booklet, a comic strip, a newspaper article… the choices are endless and entirely up to you.

The home learning needs to be brought back to school on January 5th and it will be shared with the rest of our class.


Remember to also:

  • Read three times a week over the holidays.  Father Christmas might put one or two  in your stocking – why not give one of those a try?
  • Practise your times tables. Use tables master, hit the button, sing songs, make up fun facts or impress your relatives by answering their questions at top speed!
  • Learn 10 more of the year 3 and 4 spelling words

Terrific times tables!

Well done to everyone who worked so hard last week to learn their times tables facts.  Some people managed to get their time down to 28 seconds- an amazing feat!   All that persistence really paid off and many of you who had starting times of over 200 seconds ended the week with times of about 40 seconds.  It shows what you can achieve when you practise and don’t give up!

You have so much to be proud of and we are proud of you too.

Keep those times tables facts going now. Use them, don’t lose them!


Key skills update- 11th November

Hello Year 4

We forgot to post two things about key skills:

  1. If you are feeling really confident about homophones, please produce a ‘homophone guide’ for a year 2 child who is just starting to learn about them.  This could include helpful tips and illustrations.
  2. Don’t forget to keep up your reading, spelling and times tables facts as well.

You are working hard, Year 4- keep it up!

Key Skills for 11th November, 2016

LO: To develop understanding and rehearse spelling of homophones.

The Year 4 team have noticed that lots of children are struggling to use the correct homophone in their writing or that if they are using the correct word are spelling it wrong. With things like this practise makes perfect!

This week’s task is to design a poster which explains the difference between the meaning of homophones but which also gives some clever ways of remembering how to spell the words. Be as creative as you can be with your posters as we may be able to use some of them in our classrooms to help the rest of the class too! If you are struggling for ideas, there are lots of ideas and examples on the internet.

The most common homophones we have been noticing that are causing an issue are:

There, their, they’re

Which, witch

To, two, too

Were, Where, we’re

Key skills: 4th November, 2016.

L.O: to develop a quick recall of the times tables facts

This week’s key skills involves a little bit of maths learning every day.  All across the country, the expectation is that by the end of year 4, children will know all their times tables facts up to 12×12.  We have some work to do!

You have been given a target times table to learn.  You need to know the facts like you know your name… you don’t have to sit and work out your name when asked.  You need to be able to answer a times table question with less than 3 seconds thinking time.

To do this

  1. Use tables master (Google’ tables master’ or use this link: to work on your target times table.
  2. Choose your target times table and answer the questions.
  3. Keep a record of your progress in the grid we have given you. Write down your time and your slowest fact.
  4. Repeat the same times table 5 times every day. Aim to beat your time on each occasion.
  5. At the end of your tables master workout, look carefully to find ut which of your facts you need to work hard to learn. Repeat it to yourself over and over. Say it to your self while you jump or clean your teeth. Can you think of a quick silly sentence to help you remember it?
  6. If you can answer 20 questions accurately in about 40 seconds, you are ready to move on to the next times table.

10 x table can move to 5 x table                     3 x table can move to 4 x table

4 x table can move to 8 x table                        5 x table can move to 2 x table

A new term in Lennon-McCartney Class

Hello Lennon-McCartney Class

I can’t wait to welcome you back to school tomorrow and hear all about your half term adventures.  I thought I would remind you that we start the term off with swimming first thing tomorrow morning. Don’t forget to bring your swimming kit including a hat (if you have one) and a towel.  You will need a coat to walk to the pool and back again.

See you tomorrow!